With the generous support of Tayell Automotive and John Rawson, the HRA will conduct the Tayell Automotive 2007 Nightstalker Trial,
a round of the 2007 HRA Rally Championship, on 16th June.
It will be a Club Touring Road Event to be based in the township of Dunolly and held throughout the surrounding box-ironbark forests of the Goldfields Region of Central Victoria.
The directing team has selected a wide variety of shire and forestry roads on which to test the abilities of competitors. Teamwork will be the key to success - accurate navigating, precise driving and car reliability. Navigational requirements will vary throughout the event, but will generally be straightforward with some parts being a little more demanding depending on the particular area of forest.
Most competitive roads selected for the event have been used in past events over the last 30+ years although some have not been used for many years and some have never seen a rally car before. A good blend of driving surfaces, conditions and navigational challenges should reflect some of the features of historic rallying and the unique challenges goldfields forests have to offer.
The event will run under the Touring Road Event format and organisers will continue to differentiate this style of event (Historic Navigational Trial) from modern forest racing. The trial is 100% navigational using maps for all competitive and touring sections, achievable average speeds of around 60 km/h on forest sections, timed to the second and scored to the minute. As in the past we expect a number of crews to clean a number of stages but we believe no crew will clean them all.
Competitors will require a Level 2NS licence or superior. While it is not compulsory for competition vehicles to be fitted with rollov
er protection, it is highly recommended, as is the wearing of helmets on competitive forest sections.
Because safety is such a critical factor in events these days there will be liberal use of Wrong Way Go Back boards, arrows and bunting. Only competitors that stray too far off the prescribed route will encounter these and only where the directing team feel it necessary to protect the local residents living near the rally route.
The event will be conducted in one division and will consist of approximately 110 kms of forest competitive stages, 110 kms of touring and 60 km of transport sections. There will be one service area at which pump fuel will be available – ULP, PULP, LPG and Diesel.
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